We are recruiting a POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW to join our team focused on the neural circuits of memory. The position is funded by a recently awarded 5-year National Institute of Mental Health R01 grant to investigate the neural circuits of safety, fear and reward cue discrimination. Current studies employ in vivo electrophysiology and pharmacogenetics to monitor and manipulate neural activity during behavior in both male and female rats. We are especially interested in applicants that have a strong background in in vivo electrophysiology and/or techniques for targeting specific neural pathways. However, all applicants enthusiastic about the neurobiology of memory are encouraged to apply. Eligible applicants should have a Ph.D. in neuroscience or a related field. Salary will be commensurate with research experience and based on the NIH guidelines for postdoctoral trainees. Start date flexible, but ideally summer 2019. For additional information, email sangha@purdue.edu


WE WILL BE AT SFN 2018. We would love to meet you!
2018 Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience:
     1. Ka Ng & Susan Sangha
         Encoding of fear-reward-safety cue discrimination in the infralimbic cortex
         poster @ 1-5PM, 11/03/18 (Saturday), poster board WW13 abstract link

     2. Iris Mueller, Alyson Brinkman, Elizabeth Sowinsky & Susan Sangha
         Adolescent conditioning affects fear expression and rate of safety learning during adult discriminative conditioning
         poster @ 8AM-12PM, 11/04/18 (Sunday), poster board XX10 abstract link
     3. Makenzie Norris*, Eliza Greiner*, Iris Mueller, Ka Ng & Susan Sangha
         Sex differences in suppression of conditioned fear during a safety cue in a fear-safety-reward cue discrimination task        

         *contributed equally
         poster @ 8AM-12PM, 11/04/18 (Sunday), poster board XX9 abstract link
     4. Abraham Escobedo, Elizabeth Sowinski, Rainy Herakovich & Susan Sangha

         Effects on fear versus safety discrimination by the partial NMDAR agonist D-cycloserine
         poster @ 1-5PM, 11/05/18 (Monday), poster board AAA6 abstract link

Newest from the lab:

Greiner EM, Norris MR, Müller I, Ng KH, Sangha S (2018). Sex differences in fear regulation and reward seeking behaviors in a fear-safety-reward discrimination task.bioRxiv doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/390377

Sangha S and Foti D (2018). Neurobiology of Abnormal Emotion and Motivated Behaviors: Integrating Animal and Human Research. 1st edition. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Academic Press.

Ng K, Pollock MW, Urbanczyk PJ, Sangha S (2018). Altering D1 receptor activity in the basolateral amygdala impairs fear suppression during a safety cue. Neurobiology of Learning & Memory 147: 26-34

What we do


Clinical disorders arising from maladaptive emotion regulation present a large burden on society worldwide and many of these disorders show comorbidity, for example, addiction with anxiety disorders. Even though there has been much research on reward and fear processing, the majority of studies have been conducted in parallel, investigating the neuronal circuitries separately. Our lab uses a behavioral paradigm designed to assess how safety cues can regulate fear and reward seeking behaviors in rats. We hope by investigating how safety, fear and reward circuits integrate their functions to influence behavior, we will be able to better understand and treat disorders resulting from maladaptive emotion regulation.  

Department of Psychological Sciences, Purdue University

Purdue Institute for Integrative Neuroscience

making memories since 2014

Sangha Lab 

Science can be hard. It's important to have fun.

Susan Sangha, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neuroscience

Department of Psychological Sciences

Purdue Institute for Integrative Neuroscience